County asked to borrow $1 million for roads

Friday, March 25, 2011

Marshall County commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday on whether to borrow $1 million through the sale of bonds so the roads superintendent can buy asphalt and equipment to repair county roads.

Roads Superintendent Jerry Williams has sought the funding from the county budget during the past two budget building seasons, but he's been denied with commissioners explaining there isn't enough tax revenue for the purchase.

Lack of supplies in recent years has limited the department's ability to repair roads and the longer that continues, the greater the repair job, Williams has explained.

Commissioner E.W. Hill is sponsoring the resolution authorizing the issuance, sale and payment of the bonds and providing for payment of principal and interest. Hill is chairman of the commission's Roads Committee.

Borrowing money for road repair supplies "is going to help put tar and asphalt on some county roads," Commission Chairman Tom Sumners said. "Some of the $1 million from the bonds is for buying equipment including a salt spreader."

Sumners intends to vote for the resolution for the road bond sale.

"It's to fix potholes from the bad winter," the commission chairman said. "There wasn't a dime in the budget to fix things."

Commissioners are scheduled to convene at 6 p.m. on Monday in the County Courthouse Annex at the southeast corner of Lewisburg's public square.

Also set for commissioners' consideration are resolutions to:

* Adjust an agreement between the Sheriff's Department and the School Board to add a school resource officer at Lewisburg Middle School.

LMS had an SRO from the Lewisburg Police Department, but given the harsh economy, city councilmen ended their agreement with the school system.

In recent months, Marshall County General Sessions Court Judge Steve Bowden, who also serves as the juvenile court judge, found a program that will help fund an SRO at LMS, so now the officer will be from the Sheriff's Department.

* Rehire James Kennon Architects in Nashville for a new project -- this one to repair the Courthouse Annex. Kennon led renovations of the historic Courthouse in the middle of the square.

Now, the northwest wall of the annex needs repair as a result of weather and deterioration over time. There's also related interior damage to mechanical areas in the building.

The wall is between the annex and the law offices of Drew Davidson.